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Also Known As: Joshua Jackson, Joshua Carter Jackson Died:
Born: June 11, 1978 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Vancouver, British Columbia, CA Profession: actor

Biography CLOSE THE FULL BIOGRAPHY

Joshua Jackson captured the hearts of young television viewers in the late 1990s as the razor-witted, misunderstood "other guy," Pacey Witter, who winds up getting the girl - none other than a young Katie Holmes - on the hit teen soap "Dawson's Creek" (The WB, 1996-2003). A former child actor who helped give birth to Disney's Mighty Ducks franchise by his appearance in the popular kiddie sports film, his youthful stardom made him a stock player in young-adult angst and horror flicks before he began working his way up to prolific denizen of the indie film world. After exploring both arenas, Jackson returned to series TV in the much ballyhooed science fiction show "Fringe" (Fox, 2008- ). His "It" boy status also secured him one of the most cherished, unofficial accolades in Hollywood: a guest voiceover spot on Fox's long-running cartoon "The Simpsons" (Fox, 1989- ), which Jackson dryly alluded to as the pinnacle of his career. But for most people, Jackson would forever be Pacey Witter, the unexpected breakout star of one of the 1990s biggest cult series, "Dawson's Creek."

Joshua Jackson captured the hearts of young television viewers in the late 1990s as the razor-witted, misunderstood "other guy," Pacey Witter, who winds up getting the girl - none other than a young Katie Holmes - on the hit teen soap "Dawson's Creek" (The WB, 1996-2003). A former child actor who helped give birth to Disney's Mighty Ducks franchise by his appearance in the popular kiddie sports film, his youthful stardom made him a stock player in young-adult angst and horror flicks before he began working his way up to prolific denizen of the indie film world. After exploring both arenas, Jackson returned to series TV in the much ballyhooed science fiction show "Fringe" (Fox, 2008- ). His "It" boy status also secured him one of the most cherished, unofficial accolades in Hollywood: a guest voiceover spot on Fox's long-running cartoon "The Simpsons" (Fox, 1989- ), which Jackson dryly alluded to as the pinnacle of his career. But for most people, Jackson would forever be Pacey Witter, the unexpected breakout star of one of the 1990s biggest cult series, "Dawson's Creek."

Filmographyclose complete filmography

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Lay the Favorite (2012)
2.
 GasHole (2008)
3.
 Shutter (2008)
4.
 One Week (2008)
5.
6.
 Bobby (2006)
7.
 Cursed (2005) Jake
8.
 Racing Stripes (2005) Cast
9.
 Laramie Project, The (2002) Matt Galloway
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Milestones close milestones

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Moved from Vancouver, Canada to Los Angeles, CA following parents' divorce; returned to Vancouver before launching acting career
1987:
Sent out on auditions at age nine by his casting director mom; landed first commercial for British Columbia Tourism
1991:
Made feature debut in "Crooked Hearts"; cast by mother
:
Starred as Charlie in a Seattle-based musical stage production of "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory"
1992:
Landed part of Charlie Conroy, the coach's (Emilio Estevez) prodigy in "The Mighty Ducks"
1994:
Reprised the role of Charlie Conroy for "D2: The Mighty Ducks"
1994:
Acted in George Miller's "Andre"
1995:
Played Mark Harmon's son in the Canadian family film "Magic in the Water"
1996:
Appeared on two episodes of the short lived comedy "Champs" (ABC) as Ed Marinaro's art school bound son
1996:
Reprised role for a thrid time in "D3: The Mighty Ducks"
1997:
Appeared in NBC movie "On the Edge of Innocence" opposite Kellie Martin
1997:
Played title role in Showtime movie "Ronnie and Julie," loosely based on Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet"
1997:
Made cameo appearance as a film student in "Scream 2"; scripted by Kevin Williamson
1998:
Made TV series debut on popular teen drama "Dawson's Creek" (WB) as Pacey, the title character's best friend; series created by Kevin Williamson
1998:
Appeared in "Apt Pupil" directed by Bryan Singer
1998:
Co-starred in the teen horror flick "Urban Legend"
1999:
Had a small featured role in "Cruel Intentions," a modern retelling of "Les Liaisons dangereuses"
2000:
Starred in the college campus set thriller "Gossip"
2001:
Appeared in "The Laramie Project" for HBO
2002:
With James King, played a couple trying to leave Texas for California in "Lone Star State of Mind"
2003:
Cast as Glenn Close's son in "The Safety of Objects"; screened at Toronto Film Festival
2004:
Acted in "The Butterfly Effect" opposite Ashton Kutcher and Amy Smart
2005:
Voiced Sir Trenton┬┐s Pride in the animated feature "Racing Stripes"
2005:
Starred in the Wes Craven thriller "Cursed"
2006:
Co-starred with Donald Sutherland in family drama "Aurora Borealis"
2006:
Co-starred in Emilio Estevez's directorial debut "Bobby"
2008:
Starred in "Shutter," a horror remake directed by Masayuki Ochiai
2008:
Co-starred as a fringe science expert on J.J. Abrams produced series "Fringe" (Fox)
2012:
Cast opposite Bruce Willis and Catherine Zeta-Jones in comedy feature "Lay the Favorite"; film based on memoir by Beth Raymer
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Education

Kitsilano High School: -

Notes

"I was just an average kid in high school. Now I walk into a video store, and a 7-year-old kid will come up to me and say, 'Hey, it's Charlie!' Which is really nice, you know?" --Joshua Jackson, TV GUIDE, March 7, 1998

"Josh isn't one of those too-cool guys who checks you out but keeps his distance. He's a lover. He wants to know how you are and what's going on in your life. Josh is the most comfortable person I know. I think that's why women like him. Little girls, too." --Actress Ali Larter, on working with Jackson as Pacey's love interest in the second season premiere of "Dawson's Creek", quoted in US, October 1998

About his audition for the role of a gay teen in "Cruel Intentions", Jackson told THE ADVOCATE (March 16, 1999): "It was the most offensive two-snaps-up flaming queen you could imagine. I think [director] Roger [Kumble] was just trying to push me to see how far I would go. And I'll just go and go and go! The only concern I had about the character was not making it a stereotype--something that, to my taste, is a little boring."

Jackson was arrested on November 9, 2002 in Raleigh, North Carolina for allegedly grabbing a security guard by the neck at a Carolina Hurricanes hockey game.

Companions close complete companion listing

companion:
Katie Holmes. Actor. Acted together in "Dawson's Creek"; dated briefly in 1998.
companion:
Brittany Daniel. Actor. Appeared together in "Dawson's Creek"; dated from late 1999 to 2000; no longer together.

Family close complete family listing

mother:
Fiona Jackson. Casting director. Divorced; worked as casting director on ABC's "MacGyver".
sister:
Aisleigh Jackson. Born c. 1983.

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